Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Keep grocery stores downtown

I write in reference to the letter "Valmark belongs in the LI zone" (Dec. 29). Six residents boldly state that "locals shop at Albertsons." How do they know that? Which locals are they referring to? Their neighbors? Their neighbors could choose to save gas and time by shopping in Ketchum—they could even use the bus since they live out Warm Springs.

The signers assert that perhaps "more parking (i.e. asphalt) is good for retail." Are parking and convenience for cars the driving force? Doesn't this fly in the face of the upgrades on Fourth Street, as well as the world's future?

The letter declares that "the Light Industrial zone has every type of business except a grocery store." Really? Is there a clothing store? A drug/sundries store? Toy store? Book store? Library? Coffee shop? Gift store? Any store open on Sunday? Do we need another shopping zone? Consider what Ketchum is like on April 24, not Dec. 24, and the answer is clear.

I choose to shop at Hailey Atkinsons', knowing that the Atkinson family and store supports local causes, nonprofits and individuals, and offers good, interesting products. Apparently, many people think they charge outrageously for this—I find the prices competitive for the products I buy. Albertsons supports causes as well, and likely so will Roxy's. Thanks to them all!

The comprehensive plan should not be changed for convenience and parking's sake, or for a grocery store in the LI zone where it does not belong.

Colleen Crain


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